42 Teacher Hacks to Make the End of the School Year Easier

Genius ideas that make these last days manageable and fun.

end-of-year teacher hacks

These last days of school can be difficult, but we know you’ll hang in there. To help, we collected great tips and teacher hacks to make your classroom cleaner, your students happier, and your summer a little closer. These end-of-year teacher hacks will give you more time to enjoy all those great little classroom moments that you love about teaching.

1. Because it’s time to get them ready to move on. 

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Only 32 days left until summer which means my kinders need ALL of the motivational tools they can get. I am SO excited to introduce these “First Grader in Training” badges from @kindercraze tomorrow morning! 🙌🏻 We will start the day with a lesson on “How to Be a First Grader” and talk about how we can prepare in these next few weeks. I want my students to know this is a badge of honor and people around the school will be watching them to see if they are living up to the first grader expectations. Just like our teacher badges, students need to represent first graders in training well! Hoping the magic of these little badges will help my students and I survive the end of the school year. 🤪 (P.S. She has these in every elementary grade level) #iteachk #iteach1st #classroommanagement #firstgrade #firstgraderintraining #endofyear

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How cute are these “First Grader in Training” badges?

2. Because it’s simple and to the point. 

Sometimes direct is the best way to go. 

3. Because there’s always time for an anchor chart. 

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The first school that I taught at had the coolest tradition. At the end of the year, students would come up with a three word phrase that described their school year. Teachers would take pictures of them holding up their three words and then we’d get together for an all-school slideshow of everyone’s. There were always tears, laughter, and memories, and it was so precious! Even if your school doesn’t make this part of their tradition, it’s a great morning whiteboard prompt! Here’s a sample, with a variety of three word phrases I’ve gotten in the past… link in profile to an old blog post that describes the activity in much more detail! #engageenrichinspire #iteach #endoftheyear #teachers http://bit.ly/EOY3Words

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Get your students to share their best memories of the year for all to see. 

4. Because it’s a simple way to show them you care. 

It will mean a lot to them. 

5. Because we all need this reminder sometimes. 

Leave yourself little notes (or treats) to get you through! 

6. Because this is one way to keep kids engaged until the very end. 

Why yes, that is a school with slides installed over the stairs. 

7. Because you might need this. 

It really never hurts to have some extra immunity on your side. 

8. Because they will love the mystery! 

Simple envelopes are a genius way to keep students engaged. 

9. Because they deserve a reminder of how far they’ve come. 

Show them a few things from the start of the year and help them be proud! 

10. Because Hot Wheels can really liven up a science lesson. 

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Science is fun, yo. #endoftheyear

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The end of the year is a great time to break out fun hands-on activities like this. 

11. Because you don’t want to forget to capture those memories. 

Their parents will thank you for this, too. 

12. Because a lunchtime workout might be just what you need to get you through. 

Hats off to this sweaty selfie!

13. Because Post-its are so simple, yet so genius. 

You can also encourage your students to make their own countdown with Post-its. 

14. Because some days are too hot when you don’t have an AC. 

This teacher knows how to keep her students cool!  

15. Because this is a great way to capture memories. 

This was for Mother’s Day, but it’s a great idea for capturing favorite lessons, subjects, and school moments. 

16. Because this is going to come in handy! 

If you gave this to your teacher BFF, they’d love you forever. 

17. Because you might be looking for that cap one day. 

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🚨💡BRILLIANT IDEA ALERT🚨💡@mrslpaso says: "How many times have you heard “I lost the lid!” “The lid broke!” Etc etc etc? . We save every lid from our used up or dried out dry erase markers and glue sticks. This way when caps go “mysteriously missing” we can quickly save them from drying out! Crisis averted! (And more importantly less supplies I have to replace from my own pocket)" 📷: @mrslpaso #weareteachers #iteach #teachersfollowteachers #iteachtoo #teachersofinstagram #teachersofig #teacherlife #teachertribe #teaching #teacher #lifeofateacher #teachergram #liveloveteach #teachinspo #proudtobeateacher #teachlove #teachertruth #teacherfun #teacherhumor #teachersbelike #teacherhack #teacheridea #hack #idea

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This teacher saves all lost lids and caps so they can find their match again one day! 

18. Because a hydration station is genius! 

Yes, this idea is definitely worth stealing. 

19. Because you can’t take the arguing any longer.

You might as well just label them after all. 

20. Because the learning is NOT over! 

Put the power in their hands! 

21. Because sometimes you just need to take it outside. 

When you have a gorgeous day, you have to take advantage of it! 

22. Because it’s a great way to keep track of classroom jobs. 

You can get these name tags at the dollar store! 

23. Because they should know by now.

A little reminder never hurts, though!  

24. Because you wish you would’ve thought of this about seven months ago.

 “Go check the No Name board,” you’ll say. 

25. Because these memories are worth capturing. 

It can be a lot of work to do projects like these, but they’re definitely worth it. 

26. Because you never have the time to bake anyway.

Cookie sheets make great learning tools! 

27. Because you’d rather be at the beach.

This hack is all about treating yourself to make it through these last days! 

28. Because everyone’s excited for summer. 

They will love watching you pop a balloon each day!  

29. Because math … yeah, math.

It’s actually your trick to get them to clean the tables after, but they don’t have to know that!  

30. Because it’s a good way to enforce the no-phones rule. 

All phones should have to go to “day care.” 

31. Because this makes our hearts melt.

Send one home with them to use over the summer, too.   

32. Because it might help you keep your sanity, which is wearing thin.

“I want the desks to stay where they are!”  

33. Because it’ll add color to your learning. 

 Those sight words just got more fun to practice! 

34. Because we have to conserve when it’s the end of the year.

 This will help make your supplies last! 

35. Because it’s better than “One, two, three eyes on me.” 

Every teacher should have one of these! 

36. Because everything needs a recharge. 

Assign the classroom job of checking these daily to one of your students. 

37. Because it keeps it all in one spot! 

Those puff balls are another good dollar store buy! 

38. Because end-of-year encouragement is so valuable. 

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Thanks @teachcreatemotivate for the adorable freebie!

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Get students to encourage each other, too. 

39. Because you can leave them with this. 

What a great way gift you can give them, and it’s something they can refer to all summer!

40. Because little victories throughout the day can lead to a prize. 

We love all the little goals to give students to accomplish. 

41. Because it gives students something to look forward to each day. 

It’s better than a countdown! 

42. Because all teachers need more of this. 

Give yourself a recharge as often as possible, even when you have a pile of stuff on your to-do list.

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Plus, our favorite end of the year memes.

42 Teacher Hacks to Make the End of the School Year Easier

Posted by Stacy Tornio

Stacy Tornio is a senior editor with WeAreTeachers. Nearly everyone in her family is a teacher. So she decided to be rebellious and write about teachers instead.

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